THOMASTON — Neil Arthur Harjula, 80, left us suddenly July 30, 2021, at his summer home on the shore in South Thomaston.

Born in Thomaston, June 6, 1941, Neil was one of seven children of William Edward and Mary Condon Harjula.

Neil grew up on the family farm in South Thomaston and attended the one-room Green Schoolhouse on the Saint George Road, then graduated from Thomaston High School in 1959. Childhood years were spent playing on the farm, and helping his father and brothers work the farm and run Harjula’s Dairy.

On Oct. 30, 1959, Neil married his high school sweetheart, Joan M. Monroe. They resided in Thomaston, raising three sons there.

After high school, Neil was employed at the Thomaston Garage and Shepard’s Garage, before starting at Martin Marietta (now Dragon Cement). He was Dragon’s longest employee, working there 53 years, and its oldest employee when he retired at the age of 78.

Neil and Joan enjoyed traveling and spending summers at their place on the shore of Waterman’s Beach. Neil enjoyed camping, boating and spending time with his great-grandsons. He was a long-time active member of the Finnish Congregational Church in South Thomaston.

Neil was predeceased by his son Bruce; sister Helen; brother Gerald, and his parents.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Joan; two sons Jay, and Chris and his wife Melissa all of Thomaston; granddaughters Katie Harjula (John) of Palermo and Kiersten Harjula (Thomas) of Warren; great-grandsons Gage Neil Miller and Gaven Bruce Miller of Palermo; brothers David Harjula of St. George and William (Sheila) Harjula of South Thomaston; sisters Sally Elliot of South Thomaston and Cheryl Harjula of Thomaston, as well as the extended Monroe and Harjula families.

A graveside service will be held, Wednesday, Aug. 11, at 11 a.m. at the Village Cemetery, Erin Street, Thomaston. Rev. Michelle Wiley will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Pope Memorial Humane Society, P.O. Box 1294, Rockland ME 04841, or AIO Food Pantry, P.O. Box 113, Rockland ME 04841.

To share a memory or story with Neil’s family, visit their online Book of Memories at bchfh.com.